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Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable Twilight Zone of terminology--and find out, say, whether a PZEV is related to a PHEV. (It's not.) To help you in your journey, our... read more

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2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Ford Focus Electric A Compliance Car? Ford Swears It's Not

There are two kinds of electric cars on sale in the U.S. these days. The first kind--the ones you should pay attention to--are the volume electric cars. Their makers want to... read more November 6, 2012 by  26


 
2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid

2013 Ford C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi Join California HOV Lane

Californians wanting to gain single-occupancy access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes now have twice as many eligible cars to choose from when buying... read more October 24, 2012 by  7


 
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CARB Renews Electric Vehicle Fund With $27 Million

California has long been known for its efforts to reduce pollution from vehicles, and efforts to popularize hybrids and electric cars. The California Air Resources Board has... read more July 3, 2012 by  2


 
Tesla Roadster final assembly, Menlo Park, California, April 2009

How To Make Money On Electric Cars: Sell Green Credits (To Other Carmakers)

Most brand-new auto technologies are, at best, a breakeven proposition in their early years. Toyota is thought to have lost money on every Prius hybrid it sold for several... read more June 4, 2012 by  6


 
2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra

Chrysler Admits: Electric Fiat 500 Is Compliance Car We Don't Want To Make

Three weeks ago, we listed five upcoming electric cars that we felt were strictly "compliance cars"--or vehicles carmakers offer not because they want to, but because they... read more May 30, 2012 by  32


 
Chevrolet Spark EV Development Testing in Southern California, March 2012

Electric Cars: Some Are Real, Most Are Only 'Compliance Cars'--We Name Names

Since last year, you've likely heard a lot about electric cars. You'll hear much more in the years to come. But whether you're a fan or a foe, understand this: A few of the... read more May 3, 2012 by  91


 
Honda Diesel/Electric Hybrid Transport Truck

California-Only Diesel Fuel To Cost More, Damage Economy?

How do you solve a problem like diesel? On the one hand, diesel cars are highly fuel-efficient on longer runs, and produce good power and torque figures in their modern-day... read more May 1, 2012 by  4


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In To Join Chevy Volt In CA HOV Lanes

California's high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which emptied out last July as 85,000 hybrids lost their access, are about to start admitting more cars. This week, Chevy dealers... read more February 28, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Chevrolet Volt

HOV-Lane Eligible Chevy Volts On Sale In California Next Week

Earlier today,General Motors confirmed that it has restarted production of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt at its Detroit Hamtramck facility. In addition, the automaker has confirmed... read more February 24, 2012 by  2


 
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California, CARB, Votes On 15% Clean Car Mandate By 2025

California has long been at the forefront of developing rules to reduce automotive pollution levels, but a vote held yesterday could prove to be a landmark for green cars... read more January 27, 2012 by  11


 
Arizona

Arizona Dumps Stricter CA Emissions Standards Over Electric-Car Rules

California has always led the nation in mandating reduction of tailpipe emissions and development of low- and zero-emission vehicles. For several years now, states have had... read more January 12, 2012 by  10


 
Smog in New York City

A Brief History Of Smog, Which Led To Electric Cars: Recommended Reading

Daniel Yergin is one of those authors who writes major works. His Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize is nothing less than the definitive history of the rise of the petroleum... read more December 19, 2011 by  2


 
Light-duty vehicle type scenario, now-2050 (California Air Resources Board)

CA To Require Zero-Emission Vehicles On Top Of Gas-Mileage Rules

The NHTSA and EPA are closing in on their final rules for 2017-2025 corporate average fuel economy regulations, but there's a wild card in the pack. California, which has the... read more December 8, 2011 by  10


 
Seal of California

Which State Has The Greenest Cars? California, Of Course

It’s no secret that the state of California is home to some of the most congested roads in the country -- but it is also home to some of the greenest drivers according... read more October 4, 2011 by  0


 
Used car salesman

Auto Dealers Lobby Against Obama's Higher Gas-Mileage Rules

Yesterday, auto dealers met with their members of Congress to try to delay new rules that would stiffen the gas-mileage requirements for cars sold in model years 2017 to... read more September 22, 2011 by  5


 

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